Tips offered for heat conditions

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

With the heat wave across the area Community Grace Church in Greencastle has opened a cooling shelter. The shelter is located at 17 N. Washington St. Doug Toms is the contact at 717-567-1663.

General safety tips for the heat as offered by the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services are as follows:

• Listen to a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).

• Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

• Eat small meals and eat more often.

• Avoid extreme temperature changes.

• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.

• Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

• Postpone outdoor games and activities.

• Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

• Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

• Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

• Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

For additional assistance, contact the Department of Emergency Services at 717-264-2813.